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I love seeing Chileans happy.

I mean, I love seeing everyone be happy. But especially in Chile, where I feel like people are often just kind of muddling along, where the ecstacy meter doesn’t budge off of not really, seeing people be elated is extra super special.

Which is what found me waking up at 6:45 (in the morning, in the dark, in the cold, oh please throw me a pity party) to hop on my bike and ride over to Plaza La Constitución, (opposite La Moneda) to stand in the cold and take pictures like this:


and this:

just waking up, plaza la constitución

You see, it was Chile vs. Honduras this morning in the World Cup, Chile’s inaugural game of the 2010 world cup (Spanish lesson: Copa Mundial, not to be confused with the Copa Cabana (her name was Lola, am I alone here?))

And people were out in their silly hats:

obstructed view

and wigs:


and oh, they painted little flags on their faces (no star)

painted face 3

and here (with star!)

painted face

or maybe even their whole face

painted face 5

and otherwise trotted out their patriotism

todo un personaje 2

and then we all shouted gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool, and it was good


And this man talked to his son on the phone about how fabulous it was

on the phone with his son

And it started to rain, but just a little. And the game ended without Honduras pulling a tie (but without Chile scoring again, which they really, really should have). And we all headed to Plaza Italia

en camino a plaza italia 1

and here we are at Chile’s ground zero for anything happening

plaza italia

where as always, there was visible police presence

mas pacos

and I had to run, because I had to get work, but that’s okay, because I got to meet Felipe. That’s this man’s pooch. Also dressed up for the occasion.

Felipe and his man

And everyone, but everyone, was elated. I’d wake up at 6:45 AM in the freezing dark for that most days. Well worth it. Chi-chi-chi-le-le-le!

More photos in this Chile World Cup set on my flickr page.

And Margaret of Cachando Chile has something to say in her post, Goooool Chile! First World Cup Win, too. And no, we didn’t plan that. We’re just brainwave sisters sometimes.